Biden speaks with France’s Macron, seeks to strengthen ties

25 January 2021, 5:26 AM
United States President Joe Biden spoke on Sunday with French President Emmanuel Macron, expressing his desire to strengthen bilateral ties, the White House said, as Biden made the traditional ally one of the first countries contacted during his initial days in office.
Italy sends warning letter to Pfizer over COVID vaccine delays 25 January 2021, 10:45 PM

The Italian government on Monday sent a letter of formal notice to Pfizer calling on the drug company to respect its contractual commitments over its COVID-19 vaccine deliveries, the government special commissioner said.

Mexico’s president thanks Putin for vaccine shipments 25 January 2021, 8:40 PM

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Sunday he had tested positive for COVID-19 amid the country’s deadliest week yet in the coronavirus pandemic, which has pushed the health system of the Mexican capital to its limits.

Hotpot restaurants in Guangdong see booming business in winter 25 January 2021, 6:45 PM

Diners in Shenzhen City, south China's Guangdong Province have been flocking to hotpot restaurants amid the chilly temperatures, bringing the favorite shared style of eating back to life after COVID-19.

UK detects 77 cases of South African COVID variant, nine of Brazilian 24 January 2021, 2:50 PM

Britain has detected 77 cases of the South African variant of COVID-19, the health minister said on Sunday, also urging people to strictly follow lockdown rules as the best precaution against Britain’s own potentially more deadly variant.

EU will make vaccine companies respect supply contracts: Michel 24 January 2021, 1:53 PM

The European Union will make pharmaceutical companies respect contracts they have signed for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines, European Council President Charles Michel said on Sunday.

New Zealand probes first ‘probable’ community COVID-19 case in months 24 January 2021, 1:48 PM

New Zealand health officials said on Sunday they were investigating what they said was probably the country’s first community coronavirus case, in months in a woman who recently returned from overseas.

Trump asked Justice Department to go to Supreme Court to overturn election: Journal 24 January 2021, 9:00 AM

Former President Donald Trump considered replacing the acting attorney general with an official willing to pursue unsubstantiated claims of election fraud, and he pushed the Justice Department to ask the Supreme Court to invalidate President Joe Biden’s victory, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

Australia has eye on vaccination drive even though coronavirus under control 24 January 2021, 7:48 AM

Australia recorded no new local coronavirus cases on Sunday, maintaining a recent run of success in keeping the virus at bay, but nevertheless is keen to press on with its vaccination campaign from next month, government officials said.

More data needed on UK COVID-19 variant warning 24 January 2021, 2:00 AM

The United States is closely watching the more infectious variant of COVID-19 after British officials warned that it may also be more deadly, two top US health officials said on Saturday, cautioning more data is needed.

US eyeing UK COVID-19 variant but SA one more concerning: NIH’s Collins 23 January 2021, 8:10 PM

The United States is closely watching the more infectious variant of COVID-19 after British officials warned that it may also be more deadly, US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said on Saturday.

US to reverse Trump’s ‘draconian’ immigration policies, Biden tells Mexican president 23 January 2021, 7:30 PM

The United States plans to reverse the Trump administration's "draconian" immigration approach while working on policies addressing the causes of migration, President Joe Biden told his Mexican counterpart, the White House said on Saturday.

He got anyone to talk, say Americans reacting to Larry King’s death 23 January 2021, 6:32 PM

America is mourning one of the nation's broadcast giants, Larry King, who died on Saturday.

US television host Larry King dies aged 87 23 January 2021, 3:51 PM

Larry King, who quizzed thousands of world leaders, politicians and entertainers for CNN and other news outlets in a career spanning more than six decades, has died at age 87.

Navalny, anticipating arrest, planned protests to force Kremlin to release him, ally says 23 January 2021, 3:30 PM

Before he returned to Russia, opposition politician Alexei Navalny and his supporters had anticipated he would be arrested and planned to force the Kremlin to release him by staging repeated protests, a close ally has said.

Top Iran leader posts Trump-like image with drone, vows revenge 23 January 2021, 1:23 PM

The website of Iran’s Supreme Leader on Friday carried the image of a golfer resembling former President Donald Trump apparently being targeted by a drone alongside a threat of revenge over last year’s killing of a top Iranian general in a US drone attack.

Biden’s Oval Office swaps Andrew Jackson, military flags for family photos, civil rights leaders 23 January 2021, 9:51 AM

US President Joe Biden has decorated his new office with busts of civil rights and labor leaders, nods to other presidents who faced great crises, and side-by-side portraits of American founders who famously disagreed.

Biden, Canada’s Trudeau to meet next month, collaborate on vaccines, medical supplies 23 January 2021, 5:21 AM

Canada’s Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden plan to meet next month, the Prime Minister’s office said on Friday, following a call between the two leaders in which they agreed to join forces to combat coronavirus in North America.

Hong Kong locks down thousands for compulsory COVID-19 testing 23 January 2021, 4:49 AM

Hong Kong's government locked down an area of Kowloon peninsula on Saturday, saying its 10 000 residents must stay home until all of them have been tested for the new coronavirus and results largely determined.

New Brazil coronavirus variant found in nearly half of Amazon city cases 23 January 2021, 2:54 AM

A variant of the novel coronavirus already accounts for about half of new infections in the Brazilian Amazonian city of Manaus, raising concerns about a greater risk of spread, a researcher warned on Friday.

Biden wields executive power to tackle US pandemic economic crisis 23 January 2021, 12:13 AM

US President Joe Biden on Friday ordered the faster issuance of pandemic stimulus checks to needy families and increased food aid for children who normally rely on school meals, an effort to ease Americans’ burdens while Congress negotiates over his proposed $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package.

House to deliver Trump impeachment charge on Monday, rejecting Republican push for time 22 January 2021, 9:58 PM

The Democratic-controlled United States (US) House of Representatives will deliver an impeachment charge against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, rejecting Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s request for a delay.

PM Trudeau sees ‘new era’ of Canada-US relations before first call with Biden 22 January 2021, 8:32 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stressed the common ground Canada and the United States share ahead of his first phone call with US President Joe Biden later on Friday, adding that it was the start of a "new era" for the two countries.

Dutch may soften air crew testing demands as KLM vaccine cargo threatened 22 January 2021, 7:16 PM

The Dutch government said on Friday it could soften its demands for returning air crews to carry out rapid COVID-19 tests, after airline KLM moved to cancel its long-haul operations and warned that the shutdown could affect vaccine distribution.

Biden seeks five-year extension of New START arms treaty with Russia 22 January 2021, 3:10 PM

United States (US) President Joe Biden will seek a five-year extension to the New START arms control treaty with Russia, the White House said on Thursday...

VIDEO: 2021 Elections In Numbers 22 January 2021, 2:01 PM

This week we look at recent election outcomes In Numbers as more than 13 African countries prepare to vote for new leaders in 2021.

Distraught families of Sriwijaya Air victims visit Java Sea crash site 22 January 2021, 12:53 PM

Relatives of those killed in the Sriwijaya Airplane crash on January 9 wept and threw red and white petals into the ocean on Friday after an Indonesian navy vessel took them to the site in the Java Sea where their loved ones perished.

Biden seeks five-year extension of New START arms treaty with Russia 22 January 2021, 8:29 AM

US President Joe Biden will seek a five-year extension to the New START arms control treaty with Russia, the White House said on Thursday, in one of the first major foreign policy decisions of the new administration ahead of the treaty’s expiration in early February.

Biden to push US Congress for money to fight pandemic globally 22 January 2021, 1:55 AM

The United States will back a global plan to combat COVID-19 and get vaccines to poorer countries as part of a national strategy unveiled by President Joe Biden on Thursday, which includes pushing Congress for more funding for international efforts.

EU proposes ‘dark red’ COVID-19 zones with stricter travel restrictions 22 January 2021, 12:40 AM

Hotspots of COVID-19 infections in the European Union will be labelled "dark red" zones, and travellers from those areas will be required to take a test before departure and undergo quarantine, the chief of the bloc's executive said on Thursday.

Biden lays out plans for COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and masks 21 January 2021, 11:17 PM

US President Joe Biden moved swiftly to coordinate a federal effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, his first full day in office, with steps to expand testing and vaccinations and increase mask-wearing.